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Ennis & Ennis, P.A. Advises You May Have A Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft Lawsuit

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11/28/2012 - Recently there has been media coverage concerning the integrity of the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft. Infuse was approved in 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for stimulating spinal bone growth in patients with a degenerative disease affecting the lower spine.  It is marketed by Medtronic as an alternative to harvesting a bone graft from the hip. The bone graft contains recombinant human Bone Morphogenetic Protein (rhBMP-2), which is a genetically engineered version of a protein that is naturally secreted by the body. Use of the BMP initiates bone growth in specific areas of the spine.

Although not FDA approved for cervical spinal procedures, Medtronic allegedly encouraged physicians to use Infuse in the cervical spine.  This led to a 2008 FDA warning in that serious complications could result when Infuse was used off-label in cervical spine fusions, including compressed airways, excessive swelling in the neck and nerve damage. [1]  Last year, The Spine Journal (the official journal of the North American Spine Society), extensively studied the risks of the BMP-2 used in the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft. This investigation revealed nearly all Medtronic-funded studies omitted or significantly downplayed evidence of safety issues with Infuse. [2]  

Subsequently a U.S. Senate Finance Committee investigated Medtronic over a 16-month period and discovered multiple egregious acts by Medtronic. Such disturbing conduct includes: Medtronic deliberately manipulated studies to downplay Infuse Bone Graft side effects, Medtronic illegally promoted off-label use of Infuse and Medtronic paid over $200 million in consulting fees to physicians to manipulate studies and write favorable articles on the Infuse product. [3]

Who may qualify for a Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft claim?

The Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft implanted in the cervical spine has been associated with serious problems including difficulty breathing, swallowing or speaking, compression of the airway, respiratory damage, nerve damage and death. Infuse placed posteriorly in the lumbar and thoracic spine has been associated with nerve damage, sexual dysfunction, neurological problems and pain. If you or a loved one has suffered any of these or other complications resulting from a Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft, you are urged to contact an attorney.

How to Hire an Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft Lawyer

Hiring an lawyer is not a difficult or expensive experience. Attorneys handling personal injury litigation work on a contingency fee basis. This means the attorney receives a percentage of the recovery received in the litigation. If there is no recovery by the client, there are no fees or costs charged to the client. Consultations to determine whether a client has a case are also free.

Ennis & Ennis, P.A. continues to offer free, nationwide, confidential consultations to anyone who was injured by a Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft product by calling toll free 1-800-856-6405 or by filling out the free medtronic infuse bone graft lawsuit case evaluation form on this page.

Ennis & Ennis, P.A. is a nationwide law firm with offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Washington D.C. that concentrates its practice in mass torts and represents individuals against pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers.

Remember the law limits the time in which you can file a claim, so don't wait to explore your legal rights.

1.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/PublicHealthNotifications/ucm062000.htm
2.thespinejournalonline.com/article/S1529-9430%2811%2900299-3/abstract
3.finance.senate,gov/newsroom/chariman/release/?id=b1d112cb-23of-4c2e-ae55-13550074fe86

**fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/PublicHealthNotifications/ucm062000.htm
*** thespinejournalonline.com/article/S1529-9430%2811%2900299-3/abstract
****finance.senate.gov/newsroom/chairman/release/?id=b1d112cb-230f-4c2e-ae55-13550074fe86

 

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